I'm no rod physics major, and can only speak from my experience. I own and used a Dymic LT14 in tournament casting. In checking old tournament logs, I did fairly well with that rod and my version of a pendulum cast. I tried, and never really mastered a ground cast with it. Heck, I never mastered a pendulum either. The point is, I didn't settle on using my LT14 to learn and master a ground cast. Not sure if you are wanting to ground cast in a tourney, or from shore, but I also sucked at casting that rod from the sand, ground cast or otherwise (no pendulum). I think I was trying to power it too much (up to 6oz weight and bait), and grew tired of picking out bird nests. With more practice, your mileage may differ.